Dead Days comes alive after funeral home visit!
A visit to a funeral home has helped a group of young actors give new life to their characters.
Cast and crew from the upcoming Young and Hungry production, Dead Days, stepped out of the rehearsal room and visited the Harbour City Funeral Home in Kilbirnie… all in the name of research.
The play, written by Wellington playwright Owen Baxendale, revolves around lead character Max, an apprentice mortician living and working in Palmerston North.
Majority of the play is set in the Max’s father’s funeral home mortuary, making the daily routines of morticians vital to the play.
The cast and crew found talking to funeral director Simon Manning a valuable experience, which gave them a greater understanding of the play.
Victoria University theatre student Morgan Hopkins, who plays Max, has been doing as much research as he can in preparation for his role but nothing compared to getting that first-hand experience.
“The visit helped me focus on how my character would interact with others in the environment of a mortuary as a workplace,” he said.
It also put his mind at ease when it came to being in the mortuary environment.
“After initially going in with a mix of nerves and curiosity it was surprising to see how welcoming of an environment it was, given the attitude and ethic of those running the business.”
The team now have five weeks until show time at BATS Theatre and director Deb Mulholland is looking forward to seeing you all there.
Deb fell in love with the play after her first reading of it, and is delighted to be directing it.
“Having come from Palmy, I felt a connection to the play immediately. I think all who see it will find it a great piece of theatre.”
Dead Days is one of three plays in the Young and Hungry Festival of New Theatre in Wellington on from July 15 to 30. Bloody Hell Jesus and Like Sex round out the triple bill.
The plays are written specifically for young people and are commissioned through the Playwrights’ Initiative.
The festival is performed and designed by 15-25-year-olds, with the help of theatre industry professional mentors.
To book tickets go to https://bats.co.nz/whats-on/dead-days/